prophage

[ proh-feyj ]
/ ˈproʊˌfeɪdʒ /

noun Microbiology.

a stable, inherited form of bacteriophage in which the genetic material of the virus is integrated into, replicated, and expressed with the genetic material of the bacterial host.

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Origin of prophage

1950–55; shortening of French probactériophage; see pro-1, bacteriophage

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British Dictionary definitions for prophage

prophage

/ (ˈprəʊfeɪdʒ) /

noun

a virus that exists in a bacterial cell and undergoes division with its host without destroying itCompare bacteriophage

Word Origin for prophage

C20: by contraction from French probactériophage; see pro- ², bacteriophage

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Medicine definitions for prophage

prophage

[ prōfāj′ ]

n.

The latent form of a bacteriophage in which viral genes are incorporated into bacterial chromosomes disrupting the bacterial cell.probacteriophage

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